ISO 14004 :2016
This International Standard is part of the series of environmental management standards ISO 14004. This International Standard describes the elements of an environmental management system and provides organizations with guidance on how to establish, implement, maintain or improve an environmental management system.
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ISO 14004 : 2016 - General guidelines on implementation
ISO 14004:2016 provides guidance for an organization on the establishment, implementation, maintenance and improvement of a robust, credible and reliable environmental management system. The guidance provided is intended for an organization seeking to manage its environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability. This International Standard helps an organization achieve the intended outcomes of its environmental management system, which provides value for the environment, the organization itself and interested parties. Consistent with the organization's environmental policy, the intended outcomes of an environmental management system include: - enhancement of environmental performance; - fulfilment of compliance obligations; - achievement of environmental objectives. The guidance in this International Standard can help an organization to enhance its environmental performance, and enables the elements of the environmental management system to be integrated into its core business process. NOTE While the environmental management system is not intended to manage occupational health and safety issues, these can be included when an organization seeks to implement an integrated environmental and occupational health and safety management system.

ISO 14004:2016 is applicable to any organization, regardless of size, type and nature, and applies to the environmental aspects of its activities, products and services that the organization determines it can either cotrol or influence, considering a life cycle perspective.

The guidance in this International Standard can be used in whole or in part to systematically improve environmental management. It serves to provide additional explanation of the concepts and requirements. While the guidance in this International Standard is consistent with the ISO 14001 environmental management system model, it is not intended to provide interpretations of the requirements of ISO 14001.ISO 14004:2016 provides guidance for an organization on the establishment, implementation, maintenance and improvement of a robust, credible and reliable environmental management system. The guidance provided is intended for an organization seeking to manage its environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability. This International Standard helps an organization achieve the intended outcomes of its environmental management system, which provides value for the environment, the organization itself and interested parties. Consistent with the organization's environmental policy, the intended outcomes of an environmental management system include: - enhancement of environmental performance; - fulfilment of compliance obligations; - achievement of environmental objectives. The guidance in this International Standard can help an organization to enhance its environmental performance, and enables the elements of the environmental management system to be integrated into its core business process. NOTE While the environmental management system is not intended to manage occupational health and safety issues, these can be included when an organization seeks to implement an integrated environmental and occupational health and safety management system. ISO 14004:2016 is applicable to any organization, regardless of size, type and nature, and applies to the environmental aspects of its activities, products and services that the organization determines it can either control or influence, considering a life cycle perspective. The guidance in this International Standard can be used in whole or in part to systematically improve environmental management. It serves to provide additional explanation of the concepts and requirements. While the guidance in this International Standard is consistent with the ISO 14001 environmental management system model, it is not intended to provide interpretations of the requirements of ISO 14001.

Key tasks for managers establishing - ISO 14004
Key tasks for managers establishing, implementing, maintaining or improving an environmental management system include the need to:
– recognize that environmental management is among the highest organizational priorities,
– establish and maintain communication and constructive relations with internal and external interested parties,
– identify the environmental aspects of the organization's activities, products and services,
– identify the legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes, that relate to the organization's environmental aspects,
– ensure the commitment of management and all persons working for or on behalf of the organization to the protection of the environment, with clear assignment of accountability and responsibility,
– encourage environmental planning throughout the product or service life cycle,
– establish a process for achieving environmental objectives and targets,
– provide appropriate and sufficient resources, including training, to comply with applicable legal requirements and with other requirements to which the organization subscribes, and to achieve environmental objectives and targets on an ongoing basis,
– evaluate environmental performance against the organization's environmental policy, objectives and targets and seek improvement where appropriate,
– establish a management process to audit and review the environmental management system and to identify opportunities for improvement of the system and resulting environmental performance, and
- encourage contractors and suppliers to establish an environmental management system.
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Use Intenational Standardas ISO 14004
Organizations may use this International Standard, or related ISO documents, in various ways, including:
– as guidance to establish, implement, maintain or improve its environmental management system, knowing that this International Standard is not intended for self-declaration or other conformity assessment purposes, and
– in support of the implementation or improvement of its environmental management system.

The choice will depend on factors such as:
– an organization's goals,
– the maturity of an organization's management systems (i.e. whether the organization has a management system in place that is capable of supporting the inclusion of environmental concerns),
– possible advantages and disadvantages, as determined by such factors as an organization's current and desired market position, reputation, external relations and the views of interested parties, and
– the size of an organization.
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